Winter—Victoria Dock, Hobart by Brett Rogers

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Winter—Victoria Dock, Hobart by 

The scene one bleak and dismal day in Winter 2010. A feed of fresh fish and chips helped to ward off the cold.

Camera: 1961 Fujica 35-EE 35mm rangefinder
Lens: fixed Fujinon 45mm f/1.9
Film: Fujifilm Fujicolor Superia 400 35mm colour negative

The Fujica 35-EE is a fixed lens rangefinder manufactured by Fuji Photo Film Co (now known as “Fujifilm”) in 1961. It was a very sophisticated and highly featured camera in its day. These features included a selenium cell powered electronic exposure meter (still working perfectly on my example) that is coupled to the aperture via a lock needle arrangement, effectively providing shutter priority automatic exposure. Full manual control is also available. The lens shutter provides the unusually high maximum speed of 1/1000 with full MVX synchronisation including X sync to 1/1000. It’s a camera that is built like a brick (and weighs as much) with a bright viewfinder, contrasty rangefinder focus patch and an extra sharp Fujinon lens.

Mine doesn’t get as much use as it deserves as I tend to the German cameras I own more than others. But the Fujica never fails to deliver, and I will run another film or two through it in 2012. It also has the distinction of being the very first old camera I acquired, and many dozens of additions to my collection later, I still have it, and will never sell it. I’ll try to post an image of it soon.

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Tasmanian Brett Rogers captures landscape, cityscape, and architectural photographs in and around his home town of Hobart. He also provides quality black and white film processing services and tuition in traditional film photography.

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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 2 years ago

    Reflections like a mirror Brett!

  • Carol, thank you so much for taking a moment to leave a comment! I’m delighted that you like it.
    Best Regards,

    – Brett Rogers

  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsabout 2 years ago

    I Love the reflections in this one. Just beautiful. Its a fave.

  • What a wonderful comment, Sandra, thank you so much, and for the favourite, too.

    – Brett Rogers

  • Geoff Dodd
    Geoff Doddabout 2 years ago

    Really nice shot, Brett. Beautiful composition and the reflections make it all the better. It’s funny you should post this today. I’ve been researching rangefinders – the kind I can afford! I’ve got my eye set on the Yashica Electro 35 GSM. Highly rated and with persistence on ebay, can be had for very little. I’m working on a few this week and hoping for the best. I look forward to getting images as nice as this one!

  • Thanks so much, Geoff. I’m not familiar with the 35GSM but Yashica made some good equipment in the 1960s and I have a TL Electro X SLR that is excellent. One thing to watch out for with some of the Yashica RF types, though, is that Yashica were one of the first companies to use electronics in their metering. And some of their RF require a battery to work. There are a few models that have a sophisticated flash interface that even by todays standards work well, but you don’t always have the option of full manual control or override—some models are strictly shutter or aperture priority only.
    If I was to recommend an affordable 1960s RF with a phenomenally good lens—personally my vote would go to the circa 1965 Konica Auto S2. They have a CdS meter with the cell located in the filter ring. So they are not TTL, but nearly—you can attach B&W filters to the lens, and the meter will compensate. They feature a shutter priority auto exposure system coupled to the camera meter, but full manual shutter and aperture selection is available from the Copal shutter. If the battery dies, or the meter malfunctions, you still have a fully usable manual camera—unlike some of the competition.
    The viewfinder and RF focus patch is about the brightest and easiest to use I have ever seen, and the 45mm f/1.8 Hexanon lens is as sharp as a razor. They are not a tiny RF—if this is what you want, the Olympus RC or RD? models rule. But the Konica S2 is nicely made and finished and produces fantastic results with lovely rendering and a touch of the 3d depth to the shots you get from medium format. I really don’t use mine enough, every time I see the results from it I tell myself that.
    They have few flaws. Occasionally the meter will be DOA. This is usually the wiring connection to the cell, the wires are thin and easily broken if the front of the lens has been removed (necessary to clean the shutter blades. Sticking shutter blades are the only common issue they have and this is age related of course. I’ve handled three or four of them, most were OK. I actually have two on hand at the moment, my own (almost mint) example and another that has a dead meter that I need to find time to take a look at. Prices for them are all over the place in Australia and nice ones have fetched $100 plus. In the continental United States and Canada they are quite common (they were sold at PX stores during the Vietnam conflict and a lot of servicemen must have brought them home or acquired them cheaply in the US). So excellent examples can be found for $50 or less, and even still at thrift stores they turn up for $5 occasionally if you are lucky. I can only dream of finds like that here in Australia…

    Having said all that—the Yashicas are also excellent with quality lenses. Best to handle some examples of the models you’re looking for to see which ones fit. And owners manual with full details for nearly all the RF sold in the 1960s are available to download from Mike Butkus camera manuals website, so before committing to a particular model, check the manual to ensure the features it offers are what you want.
    Hope this helps.

    – Brett Rogers

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 2 years ago

    Please consider adding this to

  • Tori, thank you for taking a moment to leave such a nice comment—and for adding it to your favourites. Of course, I’d be delighted to add it to the Nautical group—I’ll do that now.
    Best Regards,

    – Brett Rogers

  • Judi Rustage
    Judi Rustageabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you! What a brilliant surprise Judi. I’ve been sitting on this one for quite a while, but I am glad I uploaded it now—I’m delighted. Thanks again for the feature in this wonderful group!

    – Brett Rogers

  • cullodenmist
    cullodenmistabout 2 years ago

    Chosen for Ambiance / Content / & Thought.

  • Gee Larry, I’m so pleased. I sat on this shot for some time (it was one I had mixed feelings about for a while, because it was taken on such a drab day), but I’m delighted I added it now! Really delighted mate, thanks so much!

    – Brett Rogers

  • LorReflections
    LorReflectionsabout 2 years ago

    Weathering the cold for this image seems well worth the effort, Brett. Love this. (But, ya – the fish and chips sound like they upped the coue. :) Love the boats moored together, cloud-ladden sky, and that lovely reflection!

  • Hi Lori, thanks for the wonderful comment, really kind of you, pleased you like the photograph, and I appreciate your taking a moment to say so.
    Best Regards,

    – Brett Rogers

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 2 years ago

    Nice reflections and mood Brett

  • You know I really value your words my dear, thank you so much Odille, really appreciate that.

    – Brett Rogers

  • John  Kapusta
    John Kapustaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful congratulatiosn on your featured work

  • Hi John,
    thanks for taking a minute to leave a comment, that is so very nice of you!
    Best Regards,

    – Brett Rogers

  • Derwent-01
    Derwent-01over 1 year ago

    Beautiful shot for such a humble film as Superia 400!

  • Thanks Greg, I wish my results with it were a little more predictable sometimes, but when it works it’s not bad. Maybe it was happy to be loaded into a Fuji(ca) this time?
    Thanks for the feature mate. It’s a buzz.

    – Brett Rogers

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